University of Calgary

Biogeoscience Institute Open House and BioBlitz

Submitted by tdroden on Mon, 2011-07-18 10:21.

See research in action, biodiversity around us

July 15, 2011

Will re-introducing trout to mountain lakes prevent climate change? Does a change in treeline alter alpine plant-herbivore interaction? These are some of the questions scientists are researching at the University of Calgary’s Biogeoscience Institute in Kananaskis Country.

On Sunday, July 17, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the institute and field station welcomes visitors at its annual open house. You will have an opportunity to check out some of the research, visit the historic colonel’s cabin, the Barrier Lake forestry and history trails and enjoy complimentary refreshments in the main lodge.

A BioBlitz will also occur – we plan to record the animals and plants that occur near the station. Visitors are welcome to observe the progress of discovering what lives around us. Special BioBlitz hikes to observe wild flowers, songbirds and insects will happen throughout the day.

Researchers will also be available to talk about their work that includes:

  • impact of climate change on the survival of alpine butterflies
  • the effect of prescribed burns on mountain pine beetle population dynamics
  • why and what are the new insect species still being discovered in the Kananaskis Valley
  • what are the determinants of alpine plant range limits
  • charcoal dating to determine fire history

WHO: Biogeoscience Institute:

WHAT: Open House and BioBlitz

WHEN: Sunday, July 17, 2011, 10 am to 4 pm
BioBlitz: Ongoing during Open House

WHERE: Barrier Lake Field Station- 80 km west of Calgary on Hwy 40, 10 km south of the Trans-Canada Highway. Turn off the Trans-Canada onto Hwy 40, and watch for the sign just past the Barrier Dam Day Use area.

Media Contact:
Leanne Yohemas
University of Calgary, Faculty of Science